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Peggy and Randy Ford Authors- FOUND OUR WAY 1st Installment

FOUND OUR WAY

By Peggy and Randy Ford

PEPEEKEO (Peace Corps)

1. We took off from the Big Island. It was before Hilo had international flights. We had been living in a schoolhouse surrounded by sugarcane with well over two hundred people. It was sad to leave it behind but exciting to get on with the business at hand.

2. The days there were long, and our studies were so intense that energy was at a premium. We were living just outside a small community called Pepeekeo in an abandoned school that was made into makeshift dorms and classrooms. The school was in pretty good shape and not abandoned because it was falling down, but old classrooms don’t make the most ideal bedrooms.

3. The married couples (there were 14 couples out of 228 people) had private rooms, but the walls didn’t reach to the ceiling and were so thin that every squeak of the bed could be heard in the next room. Our doors were shower curtains, and some of the rooms were divided into two by shower curtains. That made it pretty rough on couples who had only been married less than a month. We were old-timers in the married world there. We had a big laugh when we put our trunk away in a cabinet, and it ended up in our neighbor’s cabinet.

4. We gave away the following possessions before entering the Peace Corps.

Books and more books
A typewriter
Pressure cooker
Coffee pot (electric)
Electric skillet (except for washing it, we liked it better than our plain frying pan)
Bun warmer
Goose-neck lamp;
Rug (brown, orange & red, about 2’x4’)
Card table

5. We ate much like we would in the Philippines, with lots of rich and goulash-type dishes. No good old American food such as bake potatoes, steaks and pork chops, and no sweets.

6. Language proficiency was a must, or that was what we were told. And we were beginning to know enough Tagalog to carry on simple conversations and to make appropriate remarks. We concentrated on verbs, which are very complex. We were given a standardized government language exam, which was divided into five levels of proficiency. By the end of training we were supposed to have reached S-2 level, which meant being able to hire an employee, give a brief autobiography, describe the geography of a familiar location, describe the purpose of the Peace Corps, as well as some of the more basic things we learned for S-1. How well did I do on the final exam? I almost made S-1. On the whole my wife was better than I was, and as for almost making it, it was apparently good enough.

7. We felt that nothing was more unjust than the process of deselecting. Midway through training bigwigs at the site and several people from Washington met and discussed each trainee in terms of his or her potential as a successful volunteer. At this time they predicted that four people would not make good volunteers and sent them home. Several others were warned that if they didn’t improve they would be deselected at the end of training. The process of deselecting caused a lot of hard feelings toward those who made the decisions. We were told that anybody who had a problem would be given a chance to work the problem out. Many of us felt that a couple of people weren’t given this chance.

8. Another factor that caused hard feelings was peer ratings. About 10 days before the process of deselecting began we were given a form to fill out. On the form we were to list the five volunteers that we would like most to be assigned with, the five we thought would make the most successful volunteers, the five we would least like to be assigned with, and the five we thought would be the least successful. We were told to put five in each slot – even if we didn’t want to. There was only one volunteer who Peggy (my wife) thought would be unsuccessful, but she forced herself to put down four others even though she didn’t think that they would necessarily be unsuccessful. One of the five she put down was almost deselected because several people put him down. She later thought that he would make an excellent volunteer – and there were others who agreed with her. Because of how the ratings were used most of the volunteers decided that when the final peer ratings came along they would not put down anybody unless they felt very strongly that someone would make an unsuccessful volunteer.

Peggy and Randy Ford

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Amethyst Moon Publishing- New book releases: Pembury Hospital WWII Through the Eyes of Frank Stanford and Where Eagles Fly, Uncensored . . .

Amethyst Moon Publishing- New book releases: Pembury Hospital WWII Through the Eyes of Frank Stanford and Where Eagles Fly, Uncensored . . .

Just released:

FEMBURY HOSPITAL WWWII THROUGH THE EYES OF FRANK STANFORD by Frank Stanford

England’s Pembury Hospital has was heavily used during WWII, although not many remain who remember it as it was then. In fact, when it was advertised to find people with stories from Pembury Hospital’s WWII days, only one person came forward: Frank Stanford.

In Pembury Hospital WWII Through the Eyes of Frank Stanford, Frank Stanford openly shares his entertaining and informative memories of working at Pembury Hospital during the war years. Also included are a brief look at Pembury Hospital’s history and the new Tunbridge Wells Hospital, which replaced it.

Come learn, laugh, and be part of the history of an institution that operated for over 150 years.

WHERE EAGLES FLY, UNCENSORED . . . by R.S. Hunter

While interviewing Red Campbell for Where Eagles Fly, Remember Me . . . (the first book in which author R.S.Hunter captured Red’s story), Hunter was drawn into Red’s stories. R.S. Hunter said, “It was as if I was there watching the turn of events firsthand. This was the story of a man who would stop at nothing to live his dreams. As we talked about some aspects of his experiences, Red would sometimes shy away from sharing much detail. The memories we stirred up were still painful for him, even after seven decades.” As Red Campbell surrenders to the cancer that will soon take his life, he wants to tell the rest of the story. Where Eagles Fly, Uncensored . . . is that story. It is the same as in the first book, but with more graphic detail, including an added chapter in which nothing was held back. This is Red Campbell’s story, uncensored, as he remembers it.

Article: Understanding the Value of Nutrition: Proteins

In the prior three months’ articles, I discussed carbohydrates, which are required to supply energy to your muscles. Proteins are needed to maintain, build or repair tissues. Proteins, such as meats, eggs and vegetables, are good sources of the elements needed to keep the body strong by fixing, maintaining and building muscles. Proteins are made up of small units called amino acids. Scientists believe that the human body requires 22 different amino acids to properly maintain healthy tissue, which includes your organs, bones and blood. Your body can manufacture 13 of the required 22 amino acids. The remaining 9 come from the food you eat. Foods that contain these 9 essential amino acids are called complete proteins. Complete proteins come from animal sources, like meat and dairy products. Other foods, such as vegetables, also contain proteins, but are considered incomplete because they do not have all 9 essential amino acids. Vegetarians need to eat a variety of vegetables to be sure they get all 9 essential amino acids.

If your diet consists of few proteins, lacks animal proteins or a necessary combination of foods to give you the 9 essential amino acids, you cannot maintain, repair or build muscles. Athletes in particular need to pay attention to the proteins they are ingesting to be sure the level is adequate to sustain their level of activity. It stands to reason that the harder you work your muscles, the more protein you will need to consume. This is also true if you are trying to build muscle or if you have sustained an injury.

Proteins must be broken down into their constituent amino acids, so they take time to process. While they are digesting, the body is using energy and oxygen. If eaten too close to a period of physical activity, they can make you feel sluggish or slow you down. However, they leave you feeling satisfied longer because they take longer to digest.

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